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I'm at a point where I need some ideas for soffit... I searched the "Show me your..." sticky and was shocked when the soffit thread wasn't there. Thought I would start one, so please...

Show me your home theater soffit.
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There sort of is one - kinda - http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=983174
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I'm at a point where I need some ideas for soffit...

Any particular purposes in mind? Hide ducts, hide wires, hold lights? I made mine with "door" fronts so I can run/change the wiring easily. See post #5 of my thread.
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I think this is a great idea, for a thread.

Does anyone know if soffits can be added after drywall, to conceal exposed pipes/HVAC? That is, do I need to remove the drywall on the wall, before mounting a soffit to it?

Yeah, the workshop has some new vent pipes running across a wall, near the ceiling. Thank you, tankless water heater and new efficient HVAC system.

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I think this is a great idea, for a thread.

Does anyone know if soffits can be added after drywall, to conceal exposed pipes/HVAC? That is, do I need to remove the drywall on the wall, before mounting a soffit to it?

Yeah, the workshop has some new vent pipes running across a wall, near the ceiling. Thank you, tankless water heater and new efficient HVAC system.

Generally you dry wall the room to be as tight as possible and then add the soffits.
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Here ya go.
Now that's an interesting soffit!!

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Now that's an interesting soffit!!
Indeed...see something new everyday.

Here is what I can submit:
















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Generally you dry wall the room to be as tight as possible and then add the soffits.

Thanks!

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Here ya go.

Holy scheisse! That's awesome, John. I have to come check that out soon!

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Since this is one of the few parts of my theater that is actually finished, I'll bite.









The soffits include bass traps, HVAC ducting and the bulk of the wiring circuits. The construction details can be found here.

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Holy scheisse! That's awesome, John. I have to come check that out soon!

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Come on Moggie, you thread killer! Not really much point in anyone else posting their soffit pics now is there?

Here's mine, not quite done yet - will be covered with dark fabric, so not quite at the Moggie level.







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Thanks guys, keep the soffit pics coming. I've designed a couple of mockups. I used 2X2's (difficult to find straight) for my mocks. I will be installing it over finished drywall. They will be housing pot lights, black lights (for cloudy sky/ glow in the dark star mural) and rope lights. I will post some pics as soon as I can.

@Brad Horstkotte- My mockups are based off of your soffit. Although I have 9ft ceilings so the soffit will be dropped more than yours. About 12in from the ceiling and about 16in from the wall. I will also use crown moulding around the edge.

The soffits are looking great guys, its nice to come to one thread (Show me your...) for what your looking for.

Forum mods, please post this in the correct "Sticky" for quick refference.
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I used 2X2's (difficult to find straight) for my mocks. I will be installing it over finished drywall.

I added mine after all the drywall in the room was in as well. I used 2x3s, easier to find straight ones compared to 2x2s, and cheaper and lighter than 2x4s (and I don't have a table saw to rip 2x4s in half).

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@Brad Horstkotte- My mockups are based off of your soffit. Although I have 9ft ceilings so the soffit will be dropped more than yours. About 12in from the ceiling and about 16in from the wall. I will also use crown moulding around the edge.

Thanks, I'm flattered. My ceilings are actually 9' as well - 9'4" before the flooring is in I think. Go figure, a garage with 9' ceilings, lol - and of course in the house, they're all 8'.

Mine measure 8.5" high (drop), and 28" wide - low and wide. The extra width allowed me to get good coverage from the lights, while still mounting them on the inside of the soffit (not the tray side); and let me hit parallel studs on the ceiling on both sides, which simplified the framing.

I was also going to use crown molding on the edges, but doing so on the curved face would be tricky - would have to get a flexible molding custom made, not outrageously expensive, but just one extra step, and I ended up liking the square lines. May still add crown on the wall/soffit junction, not sure yet.
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My old soffits aren't much, but I did get this nice graphic from Sandman (SmX), of his soffit design and how to use a soffit as bass trap:



Twist my arm, here a few pics of my soffit. Just your basic crown + rope light. I used an extra trim piece below the crown, my intent before I had to rush to sell was to use the soffit as a bass trap, and to put fabric up as the bottom of the soffit. The second piece of trim would then be used to cover the staples (my carpenters put up the crown). To do so we attached the crown to 1x1 to space it out from the wall a bit. This pic shows the two pieces before we glazed the bottom piece.


I was also pretty pleased with the front marquee, although there are better ones on this board.

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Where is that from TJ? Doesn't look too residential. I'd hate to have to tape and mud that ceiling!!
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Here are a couple pics of mine (finished)







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Check out my BUILD THREAD. First couple pages have a few pictures of my soffit. Nothing too fancy.

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Where is that from TJ? Doesn't look too residential. I'd hate to have to tape and mud that ceiling!!

It's at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino.

Imagine over 12,000 LF of that sort of soffit with all the layout taken directly from CAD drawings.

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Thanks for all the posts and ideas guys, it really helped me design something that will work, and look great. I'm going to finish it off with 1/4 inch sheet rock, keeping it as light as possible. This soffit will house rope lights, black lights and pot lights.

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What is the purpose of trying to keep it light? I guess I don't understand when most of us use 2 layers of drywall for added mass for dampening.
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Unlike most of you, I didn't use 2 layers for dampening. Keeping it lite so it wont sag in the years to come. I'm sure it will be fine.
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With all these "show me" threads, I didn't see one for the soffit! This is an essential piece of architecture for any home theater, so let's see them! construction pics are welcomed as well!
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I had an I-beam and duct work to contend with so I made it symetrical. Insulated, plywood and rocked.
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I used these plans:
http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Pr...essed-lighting

And here's how they turned out. Note: I will be covering the underside of each soffit with acoustic panels, so they're currently just bare wood.













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With all these "show me" threads, I didn't see one for the soffit! This is an essential piece of architecture for any home theater, so let's see them! construction pics are welcomed as well!

When was started a while back:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ghlight=soffit

New thread merged with the existing thread. The best way to seach is use advance search, title search only option and limit search words to one or two. In this case, I used "soffit" as the search word. There are quite a few other threads on soffits that maybe of interest to you too.

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